–Lots of ways to get around not eating dessert, by making healthy desserts… or desserts that have minimal spike. Enjoy in moderation. If you ban foods, you end up feeling deprived, and then you binge and fall of the wagon… And you want control for life… So be open to finding different ways to enjoy the food you like.
–While it is true that white carbs spike blood glucose faster than complex carbs, if eaten in controlled portions, they will not spike your blood glucose out of control. However, eating a large portion of complex carbs just becuase they are complex, or whole grain, or have fiber (and not in a controlled portion), WILL spike your blood sugar… If not now, then eventually… Try testing your blood sugar levels 2 1/2 to 3 hours after 1 cup whole grain pasta, and you will see what I mean. Moderation is key, for BOTH.
–I cannot have any small portions of fruit for breakfast because I have Dawn Phenomenon. Fruit are NOT complex carbs. They are simple carbs. This is not always an ideal breakfast for everyone. 1 banana is 30 grams of carbs. Your serving is much more realistic at 1/2 a banana.
–Soda and energy drinks can be okay, if you are about to do massive amounts of exercise, or if you have a low hypo event going on.
–Sugar in moderation is perfectly fine for the daily diet… It’s the amount of carbs it contains we need to worry about. Sugar is a carb. It is NOT a poison.
–Milk is healthy, and when consumed in reasonable portions, are also a manageable carbohydrate. The fats in dairy are known to help burn fat around the belly area.
–Cookies, and some cakes or pies, again… Can be consumed if smartly prepared, or eaten in smart, moderated portions. One small cookie is just 15 grams of carbs. The sugar in it is not going to kill you, if you simply work it into your daily allotted amounts of carbs.
–I agree with the last two points, the minimizing dry fruit (not avoiding it), and eating more protein and veggies… (though tofu can be bad for people with autoimmune issues because it is a goitrogen, and can enlarge the thyroid, and induce the immune system to attack it.)
We want to learn to manage, and live with our disease… Not jail ourselves for life, and throw way the key, nor keep feeding people the misconception that diabetics cannot have sugar, or simple carbs. When managed with reasonable care, there is a lot to be enjoyed in this life… And I hope you don’t find yourself so scared from this disease, that you miss the big picture.